92 year old would be the oldest elected prime minister in the world history
The swearing-in ceremony for Mahathir bin Mohamad, 92, as the seventh Prime Minister has been delayed for unknown reason. It was supposed to be held at 5 pm (2.30 pm India Time). There is lot of suspense and confusion in Kuala Lumpur about the course of transition of power.
The victory of Malaysia’s opposition parties known as Barisan Nasional (BN) led by Mahathir bin Mohamad, 92, is an unprecedented development in the history of the country. BN coalition has ruled for 61 uninterrupted years since independence.
According to official Bernama news agency, BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has called on the people on Thursday afternoon to remain calm and place their trust on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Mohammad V to appoint the prime minister. This indicated some confusion and power struggle with BN coalition.
Earlier in the day, Mahathir bin Mohamad addressed a press conference in Kuala Lumpur along with his counterparts from Pakatan Harapan, saying that there was an urgency for the country to form a government “as soon as possible” as the interim government’s tenure had ended last night.
As stated in Article 43 (2) (a) the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is obliged to appoint a member of Parliament (MP) whom he believes has the majority support from other MPs as the prime minister.
“So the people in Pakatan Harapan (The Alliance of Hope)all the members of Parliament belonging to Pakatan Harapan have signed and declared that they support the candidate chosen by the coalition to be the prime minister. That candidate you have heard his name, its Dr Mahathir Mohamad”, he said.
“And we hope that by 5 o’clock today that there will be a swearing in ceremony. Because without prime minister, there will be no government, without government there will be no law and constitution,” he said in a press conference here earlier today on the delay in the swearing in ceremony.
He said that at first, the coalition expected the swearing-in ceremony to held this morning but that there had been some confusion regarding their numbers in Parliament and this delayed the event.
He said the confusion, however, was cleared as Pakatan Harapan now had enough MPs and all of them had signed the declaration, supporting him as the prime minister, which would be delivered to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Mahathir said that as soon as the swearing-in had been completed, the new government would call for a sitting of parliament to make the decisions considered very necessary for the government.
Mahathir bin Mohamad served as country’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003, making his the longest serving Prime Minister. His political career has spanned more than 70 years since he first joined a newly formed United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1956, before forming his own party, Malaysian United Indigenous Party.
Malaysian outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak, delivered an address on Thursday, after his ruling coalition lost its firm grip on power in an election. The 92-year old Mahathir bin Mohamad, who ruled Malaysia for 22 years, led the unexpected victory over Najib. His return as Prime Minister ends the previously unbroken rule of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that had governed since 1957.
Though Mahathir bin Mohamad swearing has not taken place till 8.30 pm (local Kuala Lumpur time), but Wikipedia and Google had updated his name as the country’s Prime Minister.